Officer, Paul, John Hoyt discussed on Rich Zeoli
Talk radio twelve ten WPA we salute the shield, very important, very important segment. Once a month, we salute the shield, we have a brave Philadelphia police officer in studio today. This is awesome. I'm really excited for this. First of all welcome back to the show. This you only show. Glad you are here. Happy friday. Let me introduce my buddy, John Hoyt with the F O P, John. How are you? I'm great great to see you always good to be back. Thanks for having us. We appreciate all the hard work you do with epilepsy lodge five and all the money you help raise for officers who need it and their families. So thank you for that. Believe me, it's my pleasure. A very lucky to be able to go to a job that you know. I'd love what I'm doing and believe in what I'm doing. So I I think you and everybody else. Well, listen, we're we're honored the survivors fund. That's why we're here because we want to raise money for the survivors fund. We do this every month and tell us about the survivors find, and then we'll talk about this man to your right survivors fund was created essentially to help the families of police officers killed or catastrophically wounded in line of duty. You know, I've talked about it before the city's been fantastic when we lose an officer. When we go through that tragedy the outpouring support, we appreciate it. But you know, in after the pomp and circumstance of the months later years later, you know, those families are still without that loved one that officer survivors fund insures that we can still provide financial assistance, or whatever kind of assistance that family needs a month after the. The tragedy a year. And I've talked to you before there are people that we help twenty years after they've lost a loved one. So. Yeah, that's what it does. It's four officers survivors. So this gentleman saints. You're right. This guy's brave right here. This is a brave brave man. The definition of these textbook really is when this happened when when when the shooting occurred, and I texted you, John, and I said, you know, we'll go to the hospital room and see him when you told me on the air that Friday that not only was Paul shot. But then he he shot the guy that was amazing. He well, I'll let him tell it. So let me introduce without further delay police officer, Paul Sulak, the twenty sixth district twenty fourth district. Welcome to the show. Adamy? I appreciate it. Well, you share our hero. And I'm so you got four kids and thank God, you're doing. Okay. We're just very happy to hear that. Thank you. I appreciate that very much. So you're you're young guy. Your dad was a cop. Yes. She's still on the job. He works in the eighth district in northeast section of Philadelphia is getting ready to retire. And he's got about a year and a half left in the drop. Nice. He'll be off the job. And he's happy about that. I'm sure he is he'll spend time with his grandkids. You've got four kids. So yes, for sure he's at my house every day with my kids. He loves being around my kids. That'd be good for him. That's great. I don't want to spend too much time on on the details of it. I know you've been talking about it a lot. But could you just kind of give us an overview? That moment where you were you were shot, and then you turned around and returned fire. That for a lot of us. We looked at that. And said that this is one tough SOB right here. This is one tough guy. Yeah. Just just doing my job. That's all it was just a crazy day. Start off the beginning. Actually, get ready for work that day, and I usually have court when I'm on day work, and I was day work week. And I like I said I've court every day usually, so I don't get on the street much when I'm on day work, and I was getting ready for work that dad in court and my kids jumped in bed with me. So I don't want to turn the lights on. I was getting ready for work. It's just a crazy story. I grabbed a top shirt through it, all and got ready for work went to work. And like, you know, I didn't realize until I got in the OR when they're working on me after the shooting. And when I got my shirt off. I realized I had a memorial shirt on for girl. Philomina I believe she's nine or ten years old who passed away a rare brain cancer. And it was almost like she was watching over me that day just gave me goosebumps. Our that Danner taking my shirt off. I had her memorial shirt, orange just kinda crazy. Wow. So. I mean, your very humble guy. You were just doing your job. But you do your job, and you came very close to the unthinkable. And I'm sure your family must have been. Incredibly scared during that whole time, especially when you were being operated on. Yeah. Yeah. They were pretty shaken up by but Dave. Their support me the whole time. And you know, just a crazy day. Your dad must have been really proud of you though. I mean, you returned fire. That's that's pretty amazing. I think yeah. I need a Lieutenant here to help me with my shooting. I think I missed. We're talking to officer Paul Suwalki is the twenty fourth district east division, and we're so happy to have him here. We're happy to have him in studio. I mean, really truly this is amazing. And of course, Jon Lieutenant John Hoyt with the F O P five. What do you say, John? I mean, this guy's he's humble. And he's brave and he's courageous. He's everything you wanted a police officer. He really is a everyone's pretty familiar with what he did that day. But I mean, that's not what he does all the other days to he shows up for work. And so many other of our police officers are men and women every day, you can come up with the story of heroism from our police officers, and listen, it's it's getting out there. Now, it's harder than ever to throw that vest on and that badge and that gun because in this town, especially the riskier taking not just the risks of being shot. Like Paul was. Yeah. But the risk to your family the risk. Due to certain politicians in this town. It's you really gotta take your hat off to our men and women in blue that they continue to do the job in spite of what other people in. This town are doing. Yeah. Well, said John, and I think that that's lost on a lot of people. Just how much pressure is on the average police officer. And you Paul for you here. You got a really interesting story. You rope. It you were going to community college, you're working three jobs when you got into the police academy back in two thousand seven so, you know, this is obviously you're young guy and you wanted to pursue this your dad, of course, on the job you wanted to do this. When you finally graduated and you got on the street were you prepared for the kind of pressure? The police are under especially with certain politicians in in the city, and that sort of thing. Yeah. I mean when I first started all of eleven years on on the seventeenth of this month. I just like the job was a lot different back. Then I feel like everybody had your back more people like people like cops a lot better back. Then now, it's like when you tell people you're a cop. It's like you get a different reaction. I don't know if it's because the media the way they portray cops and one cop does something bad, it's like, magnified everywhere. And I see cops every day doing good job at helping people. And also, I just met so many good people on this job. But you'll never see that stuff. You only see the bad. And I just feel like now it's worse than ever. This is the worst is job has ever been. It's just like it's almost like you can't even be proud to be a copy. I just feel like so many people just hey cops. And I don't understand the reason why just just crazy. I don't think people do cops. And I think that you guys one of the hardest parts of being a police officer. I can imagine. Obviously, there's always risk being shot which were shot Paul. But. One bad person. One guy does something wrong, and every other police officer is indicted for that guy's mistake. It's the only job I know of like that. Yeah. We don't do that with doctors. Right. We don't say stop. You're screwed up every doctor is and that's I don't like that. I'm the son of a police officer. I've never liked that. It's always bothered me. And but I think the average person thinks that police do very good work. And the media makes it seem as if there is this this kind of division. That's there. But do you feel that Bill when you're on the street because that's something? I I will never know. Yeah. I guess just where I work in east division. I mean, we definitely have people that do appreciate you and still come up and thank you in and like cost. But I mean where I am. It's just it's a very violent area. It's a drug ridden part of the city, and you see more like, you know, the negative and people down there than anything. But yeah, I do agree. People do stove. Appreciate the police and stuff. I just feel like it's a lot. The judges has changed drastically since I started at least John I know that we've talked about the district attorney's office trying to work on the relationship over there. And of course, with the F O P with large five you're doing a lot to raise money for survivors to raise money for the families. Do you think I mean, how did the families feel in terms of how the city treats them, and and you know, that sort of relationship? Well, it's funny. You ask that Monday this coming Monday officer, Ed Davis, who's a friend of mine who worked for me in the twenty fifth district. He was shot in two thousand thirteen by a felon who had a stolen gun. Shot. He oh, we we law. We almost lost them. If it wasn't for temple hospital coma for three weeks. ICU for months. Lost a kidney. He was bad shape. Three years. It was nine. I believe I want to say nine hundred and some days he came back to work. He's a police officer. He's back working. He has to go back now to court on Monday. And the person is supposed to be the voice for the victim. Because that's a victim. Right. Are the voice for victims in the criminal Justice center. Philadelphia's the DA, but we have to go back for hearing on Monday. And we have no idea what's going to happen. They don't communicate with will. You know? They don't communicate with the victims. They really appear to not care what their input is. So here. Ed, his wife, his young, son. They all have to relive this again. And like I said, we don't know if the if there might be a plea offers for a new deal, it's it's an ED's upset, and he should be. He's upset his family's upset and that's Monday. And that's Monday. And we had a similar instance a month two months ago. Yeah. So if you think about it. It's one thing to be the police officer we're out there, and we have the Camry and it's fun. They're great days or tough days, but we're out there. And when you're in the moment, you don't think of everything, but when you're the spouse in your home by yourself or your home with the kids, and it's ten o'clock at night and think about what they're going through. And now they have to worry about whether or not they're going to be supported if something happens by the city, they know we'll support him. But they have to worry will the will the DA supports them. When you mean that the guy who shot the perp that the DA will want to see that person behind bars. Right Justice, be served. You know, and I can't imagine what it's like to have to go back to court like on Monday. I really can't please send them our best in love to talk to him next week. If you know if he has time police officer, Paul Sulak is our is our guest of honor this this month on salutes the shield, he's a hero. He's brave. He's young and got a great attitude about you, Paul. You're talking about seeing all the fellow police officers doing good work out there in the community. And obviously you are in a place. You mentioned there's a lot of bad. You know, there's a lot of things you see how important is it for you to know the people in the community to be able to have a relationship with them. It's definitely important. It's just I've always treated people nicely. Even the guys I'm chasing with guns shake their hand after I don't take anything personal. And it's a job. You know what I mean? I don't treat people badly geckos along way when you treat people nicely. They might give you information later down the road. They see somebody with a gun in my call you or you know, what I mean, you're chasing somebody. I somebody helped me before like is chasing somebody, and it was a guy that I was nice too. I locked up. I was chasing a guy he jumped out a stolen car, and he stuck his leg out and pushed the guy on the ground for me. Sure, it'd be like that. She's like. People respect when you give them respect. And it goes a long way. Well, listen, you're you're very modest. You're you're you're very brave and God bless you, my friend. I'm just so happy that everything worked out for you. I know that we're still raising some money for you and your family, which is great. So we can do to help you.